City Council passed a motion on October 12, 2006 to reject the current offer.
Effective October 16, 2006:
On Thursday, October 12, 2006, the City Council met in executive session. No action was taken in executive session. Upon re-convening in open session, Councilmember Coleman made the following motion:
"I move that we reject the current offer that we have received from MacDonald Companies and that we authorize City Manager to seek more clarification and greater detail from MacDonald Companies, and that would include to define the structure of the deal in greater detail, especially regarding demolition and renovation costs, and to allow City Hall to evaluate and approve his development plan for the remainder of the facility. It would also include assurances that our costs would be covered by development related revenues. I would further authorize City Manager to provide professional assistance recommendations for approval by the City Council through this process. I further move that we continue to explore multiple options for alternate City Hall applications, and that we also authorize City staff to engage a space planner to project space requirements based on employee growth, based on standard City growth. And I would also move that we hold a series of public forum meetings to present options and to discuss these options with the citizenry. And finally, I would move that we have P&Z provide a recommendation to City Council for a policy for acquiring and disposing of real estate."
The motion was seconded by Councilmember Meek and passed 5-0.